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2005 - 2006

3.3.17 Requirements for Licence

Candidates accepted for admission are reminded that it is their personal responsibility to ensure that they fulfil all the licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practise medicine. A university degree does not confer the right to practise. In each province of Canada, in each one of the United States, and in all other countries, the authority to license is vested in a licensing body which has its own special laws and requirements. In many cases a special standard of general education is insisted upon before beginning the study of medicine. One of the requirements in several provinces is that the entrance qualifications of the student must be registered with the provincial licensing body for five years or more before a licence to practise can be obtained.

Candidates accepted for admission should therefore communicate as soon as possible with the licensing body of the country, province or state in which they intend to practise and obtain from that licensing body the necessary instructions.

Candidates wishing to practise medicine in the province of Quebec must also meet the French language requirement for professionals, as described in the General University Information section 1.1.9 "Language Requirements for Professions".

Full information as to the requirements for registration in the various provinces may be obtained from the Registrars of the Provincial Medical Boards as follows:

Alberta - Registrar, 10180 - 101th Street, Suite 900,
Edmonton, AB  5J 4P8
British Columbia - Registrar, 1807 West 10th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC  V6J 2A9
Manitoba - Registrar, 1410 - 155 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, MB  R3C 3H8
New Brunswick - Registrar, 400 Main Street, Suite 1078,
Saint John, NB  E2K 4N5
Newfoundland - Registrar, 15 Rowan Street, Churchill Park
Chambers, St. John's, NF  A1B 2X2
Nova Scotia - Registrar, 5248 Morris Street, Halifax, NS  B3J 1B4
Ontario - Registrar, 80 College Street, Toronto, ON  M5G 2E2
Prince Edward Island - Registrar, 199 Grafton Street,
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 1L2
Quebec - President-Secretary General, 2170, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, QC H3H 2T8
Saskatchewan - Registrar, 211 - 4th Avenue S., Saskatoon, SK  S7K 1N1
Medical Council of Canada

Full information concerning the examination may be obtained by writing to the Registrar, Box 8234, Stn.T, Ottawa, ON, K1G 3H7. Telephone: (613) 521-6012. Website:


Full information concerning these examinations may be obtained by writing to the USMLE Secretariat, 3750 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3190. Telephone (215) 590-9600. Web site:

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